"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."
- Eve Reeves
Recipient of the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
From left to right: Randy Wrage, Patrice Rifkind, Carrie Dawn Duquette, Arbi Asmarian, Heth Mares, Anna Isayan, Carol Smith Sparkman, and Lois Bauccio
Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund Winners 2019
The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community
2020 Virginia Wrage application now available
“Helping mature women achieve independence” describes the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund, a scholarship program of the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley Foundation. Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
The scholarship is available to assist women in the mid-cycle of life, age 40 or older, to achieve emotional, social and economic independence following a life-altering event. Applicants must reside in the Santa Clarita Valley. Scholarships range in amounts up to $3,000.
All applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2020, to be considered. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications also may be emailed by March 30, 2020, to vwmf@SCVZonta.org.
All applicants will be notified in April whether or not they receive a scholarship. Actual monetary funds will be distributed in May.
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 50 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000.
Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.
Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.